Opinion: Farewell, champ of Carmel biz



It was her wicked sense of humor. You really had to be dialed in to pick up all the gems. That’s what we’ll remember most about Nancy Blondin, who died May 21 and whose funeral was June 1. Many will recall her as the 14-year director of the Carmel Clay Chamber of Commerce or her many board appointments and service. She was a champion for Carmel business long before it became commonplace. But that wit … it was incredible. Early readers of this newspaper will recall her column, “The Crotchety Old Broad,” with which she handed out pats on the back and kicks in the tail with ease.  She was always a pleasure to be around, and she is gone too soon. May she rest in peace.

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As we were headed to an appointment last week, we were eastbound on East 126th Street, when we came upon Mohawk Hills Apartments & Townhomes, hard by Keystone Parkway. Embarrassingly, we previously hadn’t taken the time to notice the impressive transformation of the buildings on its campus. Buckingham Management LLC is to be commended for taking what once was an eyesore and making it attractive. The project still is under way, and you can see old vs. new and quickly grasp what the company is doing to improve the property.

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“What you have here with these e-mails is basically a witch hunt.”  That was Julian Castro, Housing and Urban Development secretary, defending former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on CNN last week. Quite typical of the liberal stance; the rules don’t apply to them, only to outsiders. Since exactly when is asking for the truth on Benghazi and vanished e-mails, among other germane topics, a witch hunt? If there is “nothing to hide,” bring it all forward for examination and without hesitation.  But we all know better, right? Witch hunt. Whatever. Sounds like a wannabe vice-president candidate to us.

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